The US Embassy in Manila on Friday reiterated the US state department’s stand that President Rodrigo Duterte’s comments against its Ambassador Philip Goldberg were “inappropriate.” In a statement, the Embassy said, “We have seen reports of inappropriate and unacceptable comments made about Ambassador Goldberg, a multi-time ambassador and one of the US Department of State’s most senior diplomats.” “As stated by Elizabeth Trudeau, Director of the Office of Press Relations at US Department of State, the Philippine Chargé was asked to come to the State Department so we could directly convey our view that the comments were inappropriate and unacceptable,” it said, adding that the “diplomatic discussions” that ensued will not be detailed. Duterte, during a speech in Cebu, called Goldberg “bakla” or “gay” for supposedly interfering in Philippine politics. He complained that the ambassador was “giving statements here and there.”
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